Exam Gloves’ Critical Role in Patient Safety

Healthcare professionals have long known the importance of proper glove use during patient care. For over twenty years, exam gloves have been worn to prevent transmission of bloodborne pathogens. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration mandates that gloves be worn during all patient-care activities that may involve exposure to blood or body fluids. So when we hear of a healthcare professional that has ignored such clear and common sense direction, the medical community and the public react with surprise and disgust.

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